Being Human: Imagination and the Theatre Designer
Using a case study of the play The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, this talk will explore the power of the uniqueness of human imagination through the lens of the theatre designer and theatrical story telling. Based on the children’s book of the same name, the story centers around Edward Tulane, a porcelain rabbit who encounters numerous adventures and care givers in a variety of locations. How does the scene design bring each of these imaginary places to life? How does the designer visualize each location and make audience feel as if they are traveling along with Edward Tulane? Through extensive use of metaphor and actor driven scene changes, join Edward Tulane and the breathe designer as they embark on a journey fed by the essence of the human experience – imagination.
About the Speaker
Anita J. Tripathi is the Assistant Professor of Design and Technology in the Theatre Department at Davidson College. She has worked professionally as a scene designer for over 10 years at such venues as The Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Greenbrier Valley Theatre, and The Virginia Stage Company (Resident Scene Designer). She has also worked regionally as both a Properties Master and Scenic Charge Painter and has assisted Tony Award winning designer David Gallo on a number of productions. In 2013, her work was featured as a finalist at the World Stage Design Exhibition in Cardiff, Wales and she received a United States Institute for Theatre Technology Fellowship to support her research in India. She holds an M.F.A. in Scene Design from the University of South Carolina and is a member of the professional design union, United Scenic Artists Local 829. Her design work can be viewed at www.anitajtripathi.com.